Author: Nicholas Di Gruccio

Nicholas Di Gruccio is an undergraduate student studying in Florence for the spring semester. He is an intern with The Florentine and heads the column "Active Florence." In addition, his group of friends are attempting to see all of the soccer stadiums in Italy.
April 30, 2015
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American football in Florence

It may come as a surprise to many, but there is another ‘football’ team in Florence besides Fiorentina: Guelfi Firenze, an American football team. In the 15 years since the team was founded, the current season is among its best to date. So far, the Guelfi have won
April 2, 2015
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Basketball in Florence

Aside from soccer, one of Italy’s favorite sports is pallacanestro, or basketball. In fact, this season, there are three Italians playing in the US National Basketball Association: Marco Belinelli, Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari.     In the 1980s, Florence was a basketball hub, with famous Americans running
March 5, 2015
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Rugby in Florence

When you think of sports in Florence, the first thing that comes to mind is invariably Fiorentina. However, unbeknownst to many, right next door to the Artemio Franchi is Firenze Rugby 1931, a thriving rugby club with more than 450 members aged 6 to 70. Aeroporto di Firenze, the club&
February 5, 2015
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Match report, February 14, 2015: Fiorentina 3-1 Sassuolo

A week removed from Fiorentina’s emotional home win against Atalanta, La Viola took a trip up north to clash with upstart Sassuolo.   Unlike the previous game, Fiorentina started this game off on the right foot nearly scoring two minutes into the game. Sassuolo’s keeper Andrea
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Match preview, March 5, 2015: Fiorentina v. Juventus

This Thursday, the Juventus Stadium plays host to one of the two semi-finals matches in the Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri welcome rivals Fiorentina to Turin. The relationship between the two teams hasn’t been the same since the controversial transfer of Roberto Baggio from Fiorentina to Juventus.  
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Match report, March 1, 2015: Fiorentina 1-0 Inter

Since the dawning of 2015, Fiorentina have been a roll, having not lost a game in the New Year. The Viola has won seven out of their last ten matches in all competitions, with three draws. On Sunday, they took a difficult journey up north to face Inter Milan.  
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Match preview February 19, 2015: Fiorentina v. Tottenham

Fiorentina have travelled 750 miles north for a Europa League clash with Tottenham Hotspur. Thursday’s encounter will be the first of two legs to be contested, with White Hart Lane being the venue for the first meeting.   Tottenham have been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride